(By Iheanyi Ezinwo) – The late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mallam Abba Kyari, has been described as a dedicated public servant who played an important role in the repatriation of over $300 million in funds stolen by Nigeria’s former head of state, Sani Abacha.
The late Kyari was also described as a respected interlocutor for the American government and its leadership team in Abuja by the United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Tibor Nagy, in a condolence message to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, who commiserated with the government and people of Nigeria, the Kyari family on the loss, pledged the commitment of the US to stand with Nigeria in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
He said: ‘‘Kyari was a valued and respected interlocutor for the U.S. government and particularly for our leadership team in Abuja.
‘‘We appreciate working with him on many important matters, including the return to the Nigerian people of over $300 million in funds stolen by Sani Abacha.
‘‘He envisioned the funds going to three geographically disparate infrastructure projects as a way to unite Nigeria economically,’’ Nagy said.
‘‘His dedication to this matter, to fighting corruption, and to countless other investments and policies for the future of Nigeria will leave a lasting impact on your country,’’ the US diplomat for Africa wrote in the condolence message, even as he added that the vision, encapsulated by the late Chief of Staff, was a reflection of his tireless championing of a solid and prosperous future for Nigeria.